Saturday , 16 December 2017
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2015-16 Classroom Walkthrough Document Now In Use

If you have seen an administrator or director in your classroom tapping an iPad or iPhone, you may have been observed using our 2015-16 K-12 walkthrough tool.  Principals and district staff have been making revisions to the tool over the past month, making suggestions for improvement, and preparing for collaborating in small group walkthroughs to calibrate the tool.

So, What are We Looking For?

At the end of this post, you will see a copy of our NCCS Classroom Walkthrough Tool.  The purpose of this tool is to enable us to view a snapshot of instruction in our district.  We also hope to provide you with clear, specific feedback about what is observed in your classroom at any given moment in time.  The criteria for the walkthrough was derived from district instructional priorities, data review, and principal feedback.

The Nuts and Bolts of The NCCS Classroom Walkthrough

1.  Walkthroughs will last generally 4-7 minutes.

2.  Walkthroughs are aligned to our district vision for this school year.

3.  Walkthroughs are a way for us to capture a snapshot of instruction in our district.

4.  Walkthrough data will be used to help us develop professional development goals and district support opportunities.

5.  Teachers will be E-mailed their raw walkthrough data the moment the administrator submits the Google form to provide them with clear, specific feedback about instruction.  (Please note that we are still working on the script for the Emailing component.)

But, what if the walkthrough happens while I am transitioning or my students are taking a test?

Unlike a full or abbreviated observation, the goal of the walkthrough is not evaluative.  The goal is to look at our schools and district holistically in terms of common practices.  You may receive feedback on your lesson, and you may be asked to share your lesson with PLCs, during a faculty meeting, or with other colleagues.

What will you do with the data?

District-level and school-level leaders will be reviewing data during Curriculum Team Meetings, Executive Leadership Meetings, and Principals’ Meetings.  All data will be used to develop plans for continuous improvement. Principals will be sharing data from classroom walkthroughs during faculty meetings or PLCs.  Principals will be using the data to make decisions at the school level.

If you have questions about The NCCS Classroom Walkthrough Tool, please contact Heather Mullins at




About Heather Mullins

Heather Mullins is the Chief Academic Officer in Newton-Conover City Schools. She is a North Carolina Teaching Fellow who spent 12 years as a high school English Teacher. She received her B.S.Ed. in Secondary English Education from Western Carolina University. Heather completed her National Board Certification in Adolescent Young Adult English Language Arts in 2002. She holds an M.Ed. in Academically and Intellectually Gifted from UNC-Charlotte. Heather has served as a Curriculum Specialist in Hickory City Schools, an adjunct professor at Lenoir-Rhyne University, and a Professional Development Consultant for the North Carolina Department of Public Instruction. She completed her Ed.D. in Educational Leadership through Western Carolina University. Heather is one of the co-founders of #NCed Chat, North Carolina’s first Twitter chat for teachers. She is passionate about innovative practices, instructional technology, student ownership of learning, and supporting teachers. Heather serves on the advisory board for the North Carolina Digital Learning Plan, North Carolina School for the Deaf and Catawba Science Center. She is a recipient of the 2015 NCMLE Central Office Administrator to Watch Award. She also received the 2016 Don Chalker Award for Excellence in Educational Leadership. Heather is the proud mother of one son, Jackson.

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